Clams Casino expands and condenses his sound on 32 Levels, the week’s best new album

Clams Casino emerged as a looming presence over hip-hop after he helped shaped Lil B’s – as well as A$AP Rocky’s – sound on each of their star-making mixtapes, 6 Kiss and Live.Love.A$AP. Since then, he’s produced tracks for a wide range of artists, from Foster The People to Blood Orange, Vince Staples to Mikky Ekko. His new album collects all the finer points he’s accumulated working with such a varied group of artists, and acts as a prism in filtering those disparate pieces. The album is split into sections, with the first six tracks bringing in the likes of Lil B, A$AP Rocky, and Vince Staples, while the latter half gives us stunning vocals from Kelela, Sam Herring, and Mikky Ekko, who up until this point has been a marginal pop star, best known as “the Guy from Rihanna’s ‘Stay’.” The range Clams Casino showcases on 32 Levels is remarkable, even more so considering how singular everything sounds. He doesn’t force anything on his debut LP, rather letting everything come to him. Listeners will, too.

Listen to 32 Levels via Apple Music. Purchase here.

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